OAKLAND, Calif. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has presented preliminary flood risk maps to Hawaii County, Hawaii. The draft maps will help community officials and local residents identify known flood risks and when finalized, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.
Flooding is the most common disaster in the United States. These maps can help residents make informed decisions about flood insurance options and flood protection measures.
The preliminary maps serve to revise and update information on the existence and severity of flood hazards in Hawaii County. The revised maps reflect the combined efforts of FEMA, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Hawaii County. The maps are available for viewing online at www.r9map.org/Pages/ProjectDetailsPage.aspx?choLoco=92&choProj=201.
Residents and property owners are encouraged to review the proposed flood maps to become informed about local flood risks. Those who believe the proposed flood maps contain errors are able to submit appeals by providing additional scientific or technical information through their community officials to FEMA. Once all appeals and comments are resolved, FEMA will make any necessary updates and notify communities, insurance companies and residents of the effective date of the final maps.
Floodplain administrators in each community have copies of the maps available for public viewing. It is recommended that all property owners contact their insurance agent or company to ensure that they have adequate coverage and that policies take into account new flood risk information prior to the flood maps becoming effective. Information can also be found at www.fema.gov, or www.floodsmart.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.